FremantleMedia nabs ‘They Came Back’

Paul Abbott to adapt French zombie series


Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises has acquired rights to adapt French zombie series “Les Revenants” for the global market, with the working title “They Came Back.”

The English-language version will be produced by Brit scribe Paul Abbott (“State of Play,” “Shameless”) via his shingle, AbbottVision.

Originally developed as a film, “Les Revenants” was adapted for TV by producers Haut et Court for pay TV company Canal Plus.

Skein bowed last fall when, according to FME, it averaged 1.4 million viewers across eight 60-minute episodes.

“Les Revenants” focuses on a group of men and women returning to their homes in an Alpine village. What they do not yet know is that they have all been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back.

FME’s CEO David Ellender said, ” ‘They Came Back’ has all the hallmarks of a successful international drama — a compelling concept, proven track record, some of the world’s most talented producers and a committed distributor.”

Abbott added, “The scripts are a fantastic distillation of the emotional content honed from the film, and crafted into a five-star TV series, with highly rewarding expansion, suspense and depth.”

FME has a first-look deal with AbbottVision. They previously collaborated on dramas “Exile” and “Hit and Miss.”

Broadcast partners are still to be announced.